Before & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Program Overview

We offer the following on a daily basis:
BZ Before 7:00-8:00 a.m. 
BZ Beyond 3:45-6:00 p.m. (3:45-5:00 p.m. on Fridays) Note: Winter Fridays begin on November 8; ALL after school programs will and at 4:00 p.m.
Enrichment Classes 3:45-4:45 p.m.

For 2019-2020 we will offer three sessions:

Fall Session    
8/27/19 - 11/22/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
9/3/19 - 11/22/19 Enrichment Classes
Winter Session    
12/2/19 - 3/3/20 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
12/2/19 - 3/3/20 Enrichment Classes
Spring Session    
3/9/20 - 6/12/20 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
3/9/20 - 6/5/20 Enrichment Classes
BZ Before and Beyond
BZ Before is offered from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. for parents who need morning supervision for their children before the school day starts. You may choose to register for individual days, or for the full week. Pricing options for BZ Before can be found during the registration process.
 

BZ Beyond is an after-care opportunity that extends your student's day of programming through creative play, reading, self-guided homework and more. We offer three sessions for students in grades Nursery to 8th. Pricing options for BZ Beyond can be found during the registration process.

BZ Beyond is offered Monday through Thursday from 3:35 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. and Fridays from 3:35 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Winter Fridays).
BZ Beyond Supplemental is offered Monday through Thursday from 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You may register child for up to five days of BZ Before and BZ Beyond, or you may choose a combination of individual days and Enrichment Classes. Drop-ins are available for additional fees. Please email Johnny Krug, Auxiliary Program Manager with the students' name and teacher. 

BZ Enrichment

BZ Enrichment is designed to enrich the diverse interests and talents of our students. And whether they’re looking for ways to sharpen their creativity, strengthen their bodies or challenge their minds, they’ll find a wide variety of activities that will interest them. With new programs to sign up for three times a year, they’ll always find something new to explore.

Many of our BZ Enrichment activities are developed and taught by our talented faculty members. Students can add to their arts experience with guitar, music theatre, or woodshop and creativity lab. They can pursue physical activity with martial arts or yoga, or sharpen their skills in chess or science and engineering. We’re proud to offer such a diverse and ever-changing array of activities as part of the Bernard Zell vision of fostering a flexible and dynamic learning community.

Browse the Current Classes section above for details on the Enrichment Courses for the current session. Once you have made your selections, click the Registration Form Tab to sign up.

We offer the following on a daily basis:

BZ Before 7:00-8:00 a.m. 
BZ Beyond 3:45-6:00 p.m. (3:45-5:00 p.m. on Fridays) Note: Winter Fridays begin on November 8; All after school programs will and at 4:00 p.m.
Enrichment Classes 3:45-4:45 p.m.

For 2019-2020 we will offer three sessions:

Fall Session    
8/27/19 - 11/22/19 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
9/3/19 - 11/22/19 Enrichment Classes
Winter Session    
12/2/19 - 3/3/20 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
12/2/19 - 3/3/20 Enrichment Classes
Spring Session    
3/9/20 - 6/12/20 BZ Before and BZ Beyond
3/9/20 - 6/5/20 Enrichment Classes

Current Enrichment Classes

Pricing for BZ Enrichment classes varies based on the number of days that a class will meet in a given session, as well as the materials and staff required for a particular program.

Please note that if a class does not have a minimum of four students the class will be cancelled. If this happens parents will be notified and refunded. 

Reminder that all winter Friday Enrichment Classes end at 4:00 PM

Course Descriptions - winter 2019 - 2020 - Registration closed

Monday Classes

MONDAYS - December 2 - March 3
3:35 PM - 4:45 PM

Chess - CANCELLED
Grades: JK- 1 Teacher: Chess Ed Price: $225      

Chess-Ed students will enjoy a stimulating class featuring a specialized chess lesson and time to play against other students. Students will grow their knowledge of opening theory, middle game tactics and endgame combinations.  Students will expand their vocabulary as they continue to learn definitions for various tactics and openings and how to apply them on the chess board.  Students will study world famous chess games as well.

Our quality instruction lifts students to a new level of chess expertise.  All students are encouraged to join. For beginners and novice players, join the program to learn how to play chess for fun or for a richer understanding of the game. For serious and competitive players, join the program to their knowledge base will be expanded and begin to think of competitions to represent BZAEDS. 

Chess-Ed is the premiere chess provider in the Chicagoland area, guiding students to a richer appreciation of this "sport of the mind" and many schools and students to both state and national recognition.

     
Shaolin Kung Fu
Grades: 1 - 8 Teacher: Sifu Catherine Price: $235      

This class features higher belt level training techniques including self-defense, forms, and basic. Fast paced class includes traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, conditioning and stretching. The class meets at Quads gym (next door) and pick up is at Quads at 4:45.

     
 
           
 
Yoga - CANCELLED
Grades: JK - 5                                                                                                                              Price: $225

Mission Propelle empowers girls in elementary school to discover who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. We accomplish this through an after-school program that combines yoga, reading, and mentoring. In each one-hour class, girls develop mindfulness, deep breathing techniques, and self-confidence as they practice yoga. They learn how to solve problems by reading original storybooks starring Dottie Tov, a relatable and age-aligned female protagonist. The girls discuss the content of the book and how it relates to their own life. Throughout class, girls learn to apply leadership skills in their everyday lives as they receive situation-based mentorship from trained instructors. All girls receive digital downloads of the original storybooks each month!

 

 

     

Tuesday Classes

TUESDAYS - December 3 - March 3

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Sticky Fingers Cooking 1 - 4
Grades: 1 - 4 Teacher: Sticky Fingers Vendor Price: $275.00

Let your children release their inner masterchef! 

We’re whipping up some fresh and tasty content for your budding kid chef this season by focusing on 3 super fun COOL-inary themes in our after-school cooking class sessions:

FUN-da-mentals: In our first class, your kid chef will develop confidence in the kitchen by learning the FUN-da-mentals: measuring, mixing, mashing, blending, and more! These skills set the foundation for cooking and baking, and students will learn these skills while creating a delicious sweet treat with a nutritious twist! 

Kitchen Tools PhD: In subsequent classes, students will move on to earning their Kitchen Tools PhD! Recipes provide tons of engaging and tactile learning for kids to perfect their dicing, slicing, mincing, grating, folding and chopping with a wide variety of kitchen tools, from graters and immersion blenders to whisks, wooden spoons and kid-safe kitchen knives. These kitchen tools help develop and hone fine motor skills as kid chefs prepare savory recipes together with their peers.

COOL-inary Confidence: Students will also learn to “Cook Off the Cuff” for several classes and develop their COOL-inary Confidence with fun & flexible recipes that let them choose the vegetables, herbs, and spices from a bundle of colorful and tasty options. Each hands-on, real-world class will encourage your young chef to engage all of their 5 senses while expressing their own unique culinary creativity, trying new foods, and thinking about how each component will contribute to their own tasty recipe masterpiece in the end!

Our professional chef instructors guide kid chefs by providing safe, entertaining, hands-on learning throughout the class, but it’s the kid chefs who do the prepping and the cooking! Our class sessions are a BLAST for all ages! When kids get to touch the ingredients and have a hand in creating their food, they’re much more willing to try new foods. 

We provide all of the tools, ingredients and instruction needed to cook up a delicious, healthy and hearty after-school snack each week. Our online recipe collection is included as well for loads of future family cooking fun at home! www.stickyfingerscooking.com/recipes

Sticky Fingers Cooking is 100% nut free. We CAN and WILL accommodate ANY and ALL food allergies

Sticky Fingers Cooking has been providing kosher cooking classes for kids since 2011. We prepare and cook kosher foods at a kosher venues (school/home/community centers). We use all new equipment to prepare and cook the recipe with the children at a kosher venue. This becomes a 100% kosher cooking kit. We mark these cooking kits as kosher. Typically we are able to store our kosher cooking kit at the venue if we have class sessions to ensure that there is no cross contamination. Sticky Fingers Cooking only prepares vegetarian foods. All foods brought in will be certified as kosher that we bring in for our students to prepare with us. All plate ware and serving ware and utensils will either be disposable or new (reusable) items. Sticky Fingers Cooking trains our Chefs on these kosher protocols and details. 

 

N - SK Hip Hop
Grades: N - SK Teacher: Ms. Brittany Price: $280.00
This class will focus on the basics and fundamentals of hip hop, a social dance that raised to the top in the 90s and continues to evolve today. Students will be working on picking up rhythm through moves that include popping, locking, footwork, and freestyle. As they begin to understand the basics of dancing to rhythm through fundamental hip hop moves, we will move on to learning more choreography based phrases. This class will be a high energy, fun, and all inclusive class where students will tap into their creativity, funk, and confidence.

 

Happy Hands Art                                                   

Grade: JK - 2                                                                Teacher: Unciore Vendor                                    Price:$275.00

Your child will explore a wide variety of subjects from rockets and robots to famous artists by learning to paint, draw, collage and sculpt. Tactile materials like clay, wax strings, oil pastels and acrylic paints will help your child enjoy learning the basic principles of art and invite them to think creatively with a new project each week.

Jewelry Making

Grade: 1 - 4                                                          Teacher: Ms. Lyon and Ms. Deradoorian                     Price:$325.00            

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon creating jewelry and other fashion projects! Our class will introduce you to the basic techniques used for jewelry assembly and design.You will become a designer who will choose from a large selection of beads and materials to create bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, etc.You will learn how to create unique pieces using stretchy string, bead stringing wire, chain, memory wire, cording, bead wire, crimp beads, clasps and other fun things. 
 

Wednesday Classes

Wednesday - December 4 - February 26
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Ultimate Frisbee - CANCELLED
Grades: 3 - 8 Teacher: Mr. Shapiro Price: $250.00
We need a minimum of 7 students for this class to run. Come explore the wild world of flying disc games with Mr. Shapiro on the Field of Dreams. Learn how to throw your standard forehand and backhands, perhaps even graduate to hammers, scoobers and push passes. We will learn about Ultimate and play games such as Gaoltimate, Box, Stump the Chump and Texas Boot. No experience necessary, but come ready and excited to run and leave it on the field.

 

WEDNESDAYS - December 4 - February 26
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Homework Hot Spot
Grades: 5 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Thompson Price: $250.00
This after school homework helping session is your one-stop shop for reading, writing, history or science. Whether you want study tips for that upcoming vocabulary quiz, need to review a science lesson from the week or really want to take that history project to the next level, Homework Hot Spot is the place for you.
 
Harry Potter and the Art Class
Grades: 2 - 8 Teacher: Ms. Ryback Price: $300.00

Calling all witches and wizards! Join Professor Ryback as you prepare to begin a new school year at Hogwarts. Make your own wand, build a cauldron, customize your racing broom, mix potions, and more! Please be advised that if you attended this class in the past some projects will be repeated.

Beginning/Intermediate Guitar
Grades: 2 - 5                                                             Teacher: Ms. Dunn                                         Price: $265.00

Do they love to sing? Do they walk around the house composing new songs?  Do they listen to music? If you said yes to any of the above, then this class is  for your child. Beginning and intermediate guitar students learn to play new songs together, building their repertoire of guitar chords and strums.  We play a large variety of music as we jam together. Your child MUST OWN a guitar to take this class, and will need to bring it to class each week that we meet.  In addition, your child will need to spend some time practicing the music between classes, to develop good muscle memory needed for playing an instrument. If you need guidance on purchasing a good, inexpensive instrument, please email Ms. Dunn at cdunn@bernardzell.org.

Sticky Fingers Cooking JK - SK - CANCELLED
Grades: JK - SK                                                         Teacher: Sticky Fingers Vendor                   Price: $250.00

Let your children release their inner masterchef! 

We’re whipping up some fresh and tasty content for your budding kid chef this season by focusing on 3 super fun COOL-inary themes in our after-school cooking class sessions:

FUN-da-mentals: In our first class, your kid chef will develop confidence in the kitchen by learning the FUN-da-mentals: measuring, mixing, mashing, blending, and more! These skills set the foundation for cooking and baking, and students will learn these skills while creating a delicious sweet treat with a nutritious twist! 

Kitchen Tools PhD: In subsequent classes, students will move on to earning their Kitchen Tools PhD! Recipes provide tons of engaging and tactile learning for kids to perfect their dicing, slicing, mincing, grating, folding and chopping with a wide variety of kitchen tools, from graters and immersion blenders to whisks, wooden spoons and kid-safe kitchen knives. These kitchen tools help develop and hone fine motor skills as kid chefs prepare savory recipes together with their peers.

COOL-inary Confidence: Students will also learn to “Cook Off the Cuff” for several classes and develop their COOL-inary Confidence with fun & flexible recipes that let them choose the vegetables, herbs, and spices from a bundle of colorful and tasty options. Each hands-on, real-world class will encourage your young chef to engage all of their 5 senses while expressing their own unique culinary creativity, trying new foods, and thinking about how each component will contribute to their own tasty recipe masterpiece in the end!

Our professional chef instructors guide kid chefs by providing safe, entertaining, hands-on learning throughout the class, but it’s the kid chefs who do the prepping and the cooking! Our class sessions are a BLAST for all ages! When kids get to touch the ingredients and have a hand in creating their food, they’re much more willing to try new foods. 

We provide all of the tools, ingredients and instruction needed to cook up a delicious, healthy and hearty after-school snack each week. Our online recipe collection is included as well for loads of future family cooking fun at home! www.stickyfingerscooking.com/recipes

Sticky Fingers Cooking is 100% nut free. We CAN and WILL accommodate ANY and ALL food allergies

Sticky Fingers Cooking has been providing kosher cooking classes for kids since 2011. We prepare and cook kosher foods at a kosher venues (school/home/community centers). We use all new equipment to prepare and cook the recipe with the children at a kosher venue. This becomes a 100% kosher cooking kit. We mark these cooking kits as kosher. Typically we are able to store our kosher cooking kit at the venue if we have class sessions to ensure that there is no cross contamination. Sticky Fingers Cooking only prepares vegetarian foods. All foods brought in will be certified as kosher that we bring in for our students to prepare with us. All plate ware and serving ware and utensils will either be disposable or new (reusable) items. Sticky Fingers Cooking trains our Chefs on these kosher protocols and details.

Mixed media video/ photography Class

Grades: 1 - 5                                              Teacher: Ms. Grazman                                              Price: $275.00

Children will work on developing a movie plot and use video and photography techniques to create a movie trailer.
Requirements: No prior photography knowledge needed

Thursday Classes

THURSDAYS - December 5 - February 27
3:35 PM - 4:45 PM
 
Chess 2 - 4 - CANCELLED
Grades: 2 - 4 Teacher: Chess Ed Price: $255

Chess-Ed students will enjoy a stimulating class featuring a specialized chess lesson and time to play against other students. Students will grow their knowledge of opening theory, middle game tactics and endgame combinations.  Students will expand their vocabulary as they continue to learn definitions for various tactics and openings and how to apply them on the chess board.  Students will study world famous chess games as well.

Our quality instruction lifts students to a new level of chess expertise.  All students are encouraged to join. For beginners and novice players, join the program to learn how to play chess for fun or for a richer understanding of the game. For serious and competitive players, join the program to their knowledge base will be expanded and begin to think of competitions to represent BZAEDS. 

Chess-Ed is the premiere chess provider in the Chicagoland area, guiding students to a richer appreciation of this "sport of the mind" and many schools and students to both state and national recognition.

 
Jedi Lego Engineering 
Grades: JK - 4 Teacher: Play-Well Technologies Vendor Price: $300

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! Please note that this class is from 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM.

 

Easy Improv with Garrett Douglas 
Grades: 2 - 4 Teacher:Garrett Douglas Price: $250

Easy Improv is a great way to get a child into the performing arts, help strengthen their confidence, or just have fun with their friends. The basic skills of improv include teamwork, listening, and trust making it perfect for the kids looking to laugh or just looking to learn. Sign up for an experience that takes the ridiculous seriously, seriously fun that it!

 
Hip Hop 1 - 4                                                             Teacher: Ms.Brittany
Grades: 1-4                                                                                                                                                          Price: $255

This class will focus on the basics and fundamentals of hip hop, a social dance that raised to the top in the 90s and continues to evolve today. Students will be working on picking up rhythm through moves that include popping, locking, footwork, and freestyle. As they begin to understand the basics of dancing to rhythm through fundamental hip hop moves, we will move on to learning more choreography based phrases. This class will be a high energy,  fun, and all inclusive class where students will tap into their creativity, funk, and confidence.

SKETCH AND PAINT TECHNIQUE                            
Grades: 1-4                                                            Teacher:Unicorn Vendor                                                Price: $250

This sketching and painting class will help your child develop their own sense of artistic style. We will be working on abstract concepts, landscapes, portraits and still life drawings and paintings. Children will learn basic techniques with a variety of materials and tools while creatine their own masterpieces. New project subjects each session!

Friday Classes

FRIDAYS - December  5 - February 28
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Intramurals
Grades: 2 - 8 Teacher: Coach Sheahan Price: $250.00
Join Coach Sheahan for floor hockey and basketball. Students will be put into teams and play weekly regular season games, with a tournament and an all-star game at the end of the session. This class is held from 7:00-7:45 a.m. All levels of experience welcome. 
 

Fridays - December  5 - February 28
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

 
Friday Fun
Grades: 3-7 Teachers: Coach Sheahan and Stacy Pando Price: $250.00
Start your weekend on the right (or left) foot with Coach Sheahan in this fast paced 60 minute offering. We will play a variety of sports and games. All levels welcome.
 
 
     

Clay Creations

Grades: JK - 3 Teacher: Susan Custer Price: $300.00
Join us for Clay Creations! This fun class is for beginning and more experienced clay artists (JK - 4th). There will be all new projects, new materials and explorations. In an age appropriate and fun way, new and returning students will explore the process of working with clay - sculpting, glazing, firing and finally taking home unique works of art. No two are alike! A ball of clay may become a fantastical creature, a useful cup or anything else you can imagine. This session we will add new materials for multimedia projects as well. Class is taught by Ms Custer, former BZ art teacher, artist and “maker” and Ms Sherman, middle school art teacher.

Registration Form

Our online registration system for After School programs has a new look. You will be able to register for classes, check on your child's class schedule and request changes to your schedule all from the After School Registration program.

Click here to register your child(ren).

Be sure to scroll down and click on the orange "Login using BZ Connect" button. Once your account is connected, you can click the orange "application" button for Before & After School Programs 2019/20. Each student will have their own registration, but you will be able to submit all of the registrations for your family at one time. 

Please email Johnny Krug, Auxiliary Program Manager or Brittany Latta, Before and After School Associate if you have any questions.